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January 6, 2014 12:34 pm

Israel’s Abortion Laws to be Among World’s Most Liberal

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Shaare Zedek Hospital, in Jerusalem.

Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Times of Israel – Israel, a nation with a forceful religious lobby and a conservative prime minister, is poised to offer its female citizens some of the most liberal abortion coverage in the world.

The nation’s Health Ministry commission, led by Dr. Yonatan Halevy, last week announced its state-subsidized “health basket,” the package of medications and services that all Israeli citizens are entitled to under the nation’s health care system. It was approved by the cabinet on Sunday. The health basket is analyzed and amended on an annual basis, and among the many additional treatments to be offered to Israelis in 2014 are free-of-charge abortions for women ages 20-33.

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